Digital learning technologies offer new insight into learning and instruction, allow educators to teach more effectively and efficiently, and facilitate the widespread sharing of knowledge.
Digital technologies improve learning
Early studies, at MIT and elsewhere, demonstrate digital technologies are effective tools in improving learning.
In course 2.002, Mechanics and Materials II, Professors Reis and Kamrin found that students taking the course remotely performed the same or better than those taking the course simultaneously on campus.
In 2.01, Elements of Structure, Dr. Socrate found that adopting videos, examples of worked problems, and an in-class Quizlet, raised the number of students scoring 90% or higher on key learning outcomes from 13% to 44%.
MIT’s experience is consistent with that found in other studies. A U.S. Department of Education meta-analysis and review of online learning studies found that students who used online learning performed better, on average, than those taking the same course via conventional face-to-face instruction. The size of the performance gap was even larger when the online instruction was instructor-directed and/or collaborative.
Learn more about research on digital learning technologies.
Resources for professors
As of Spring of 2015, more than 90 MIT instructors have experimented with the MITx platform. Learn more about how MIT faculty are using this platform and other digital tools. You can also explore digital learning tools and general resources.
We offer resources to MIT instructors who would like to understand more about how to use digital tools or would like support in doing so. If you are interested in bringing digital tools to your classroom, developing an online course, publishing your materials on OCW, or understanding the instructional support available, you can find this information in the For MIT Faculty portion of this site. If you are broadly interested in learning more and not certain where to get started, visit Use digital learning.
Faculty at other universities
MITx and OpenCourseWare are proven valuable resources for faculty everywhere: 39% of MITx and HarvardX learners self-identify as “teacher,” and 21% say they teach or have taught material related to the topic of the course that they are taking.
Educators may find these resources useful:
MITx on edX courses: Here you will find links to the over 80 courses that MIT has launched or plans to launch on edX.
OpenCourseWare (OCW): Materials from over 2,200 MIT courses are available on OCW under a Creative Commons license that encourages use, reuse, and redistribution. Roughly 8% of OCW’s 175 million visitors are educators who use the platform to improve their curricula and their courses.
Resources for K-12 teachers
Resources for high school teachers who are looking to develop their curriculum:
edX High School Initiative: MIT supports edX’s High School Initiative, with courses in Classical Mechanics and Calculus designed to cover the material specified by the College Board Course Description for Advanced Placement.
OCW Highlights for High School: This open source of high school classroom materials is designed for high school teachers and students. It includes information for courses, labs, exam preparation and videos.
Resources for middle-school and high-school teachers who are looking for video content to use in the classroom or for assignments:
MIT+K12 Videos: Science Out Loud is a webseries hosted and co-written by MIT students. These 5-minute videos are aimed at middle school and high school level students, to spark curiosity and a love of learning, and to promote STEM literacy worldwide.
MIT BLOSSOMS: This video library contains over 100 math and science lessons, all freely available to teachers.
Resources for universities, governments, and non-government organizations
We partner with universities, governments, foundations, trusts, and other non-governmental organizations in their efforts to advance and transform opportunity through digital learning. Projects include design and development of new curricular programs, STEM workforce development, and developing educational programs for citizens of nations. For more information visit Strategic Education Initiatives.
For professionals and corporate educators
Collaborating across MIT, we can help companies identify and assess workforce competencies and design programs tailored to your business needs.